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What to do with the house when you divorce

Many of the decisions related to a divorce involve choosing who gets what. Once you and your spouse agree on child custody arrangements, the next consideration is probably the house. Likely the largest financial investment you and your spouse made together, you may be torn about how to deal with it now that you are splitting up.

Disspelling misinformation about powers of attorney

You may need a power of attorney for any number of reasons. If you are part of the aging population of the country, you may need one due to an age-related illness. Of course, you don't have to be of retirement age or beyond to suffer from a debilitating illness. In the alternative, you could suffer severe injuries in an accident regardless of your age.

Could a trust help you with your Medicaid application?

Throughout your life, you may have always had access to medical care when the need arose. As a child, your parents and their insurance coverage likely covered any expenses associated with your care, and you may not have considered how costly health care could be until you faced your own medical bills as an adult. Though you may have obtained your own insurance, which helps in many instances, you could still have to contend with considerable out-of-pocket expenses.

Is staying together in the best interests of the children?

The decision to delay the end of a marriage may hinge on many factors. For example, you may share business interests with your spouse, need more time to save money for after your split or have momentous family events coming up. Putting off the inevitable may come from much more personal reasons too, and a common one is to stay together for the children.

Here's why you shouldn't write your own will

Admittedly, one of the reasons that many people fail to do any estate planning is due to the cost. Many New York residents who still want to make a will plan to do so on their own. Do-it-yourself forms may come with a low up-front price, but, according to the old saying, "you get what you pay for."

Will your work problems keep you from being deported?

When you first obtained gainful employment in the United States, you may have had mixed emotions. On one hand, you were no doubt relieved that you had secured a means to provide for your family. On the other, you may have worried that an incident would occur to place you at risk for deportation.

Be careful not to travel into child custody problems on vacation

If you're one of many New York parents who recently divorced, you've likely undergone changes in most aspects of life. Going from living as a married couple with children to a single-parent household, or even living alone and seeing your children according to a court-documented schedule, can be quite a challenging adjustment. Hopefully, you have a strong support network to help you and your kids move forward to a new and happy future. Change is often difficult, but not always a bad thing.

Growing old is not supposed to be dangerous

If your mother or father currently resides in a New York assisted living or nursing facility, you probably worry about him or her from time to time. It's only natural, especially if you're not able to visit as often as you'd like. No amount of research or investigation can alleviate 100 percent of your worries, and while no nursing home or medical facility is perfect, you should be able to reasonably expect that all staff members have your parent's best interests at heart.

Chemical restraint in nursing homes continues to cause tragedy

Your parent doesn't recognize you anymore. What's more upsetting is that you may not recognize your parent, or at least some of the behaviors you have witnessed since the symptoms of dementia became more pronounced. Perhaps your parent became restless, started wandering or had outbursts of temper. Maybe your loved one exhibited instances of self-harm.